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What is the best way to identify similar data when comparing 2 columns.

I have one sheet of data that has been matched together from 2 seperate databases on postal/zip code of businesses. So where the zip code matches I have address 1 and name from two databases joined on where zip code matched, and then input into excel.

There are two columns per database I need to match to get a true match but there are some typos in one database that means I am not getting true matches.

I have been doing IF statements where if (column A - which was the output of DB A businesses addresses matches exactly to column C - which was the output of DB B business addressed, then type "match" in column E).

Also in column F I do an IF statement for columns B and D for exact matches, this time it is business address line 1 - so if they match exact then "match", if not then "not".

However when reviewing the nots I see some minor typos in database B which means they are matches, but a character is slightly wrong, or theres a comma added by mistake.

How can I identify "likely to be matched with typos"?

Is there anyway to say "1 character differs", or "2 characters differ" or any other ideas?
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first you need to write following kind of Formula to remove ","
=IF(FIND(",",A1)>=1,REPLACE(A1,FIND(",",A1),1," "))
then after that write match if condition
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Its not just commas thought that's just one of many cases other times it can be one or two characters wrong
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can you send me some example data
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if you can give some examples i can create formulae
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Sorry its commercially sensitive
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